Scope: After producing L’il Mike Listen Up!, Awabakal engaged Rollingball to create a short film that introduces the importance of Eustachian tube health and awareness within the homes of the Indigenous community.
The short story “Boom!” shows the journey of a patient who has ear and hearing problems and needs grommets. Unfortunately this is a common operative intervention that too many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children have to go through. For any family this can be quite scary, there is a real fear of going into hospital and having surgery.
Approach: Rollingball understands that this common procedure for some, can be frightening and unknown to others. To ensure we communicated to the Awabakal community that getting their ears checked and healed is not a scary experience, we utilised a combination of real life vision with 3D animation to explain the journey from diagnosis to recovery.
This approach was to help remove the fear and empower parents to make informed decisions about their child.
The main characters for “Boom” are Associate Professor Dr Kelvin Kong (as himself) Denequah Douglas (Sis) and Durrahn Douglas (Lil Mike). It was great to use local people from the community to play the roles – it was lots of fun!